Arkansas prof pleads guilty to lying about China patents

FILE - This undated file photo provided by the Washington County (Ark.) Detention Center shows Simon S. Ang. Ang, a suspended University of Arkansas professor pleaded guilty Friday to lying to the FBI about patents he had for inventions in mainland China. (Washington County Detention Center via AP, File) (ASSOCIATED PRESS)
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FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — A University of Arkansas professor pleaded guilty Friday to lying to the FBI about patents he had for inventions in mainland China.

Simon Saw-Teong Ang pleaded guilty in federal court in Fayetteville, Arkansas, to one count from a 58-count federal indictment.

Prosecutors say 24 patents bearing Ang’s name were filed with the Beijing government but that he failed to report the patents to the university and denied having them when questioned by the FBI.

The university requires disclosure of all faculty patents, which the university would own. The plea deal calls for a one-year prison sentence, but the crime could be punishable by up to five years in prison.

The 64-year-old Fayetteville resident was suspended from the university faculty when he was initially indicted in July 2020. The university website no longer lists him on its faculty directory.

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